5 Jun 19 / Wimbledon
The Complete Guide to Wimbledon 2019
Wimbledon. The most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Every June and July, it turns this plush, residential neighbourhood of South West London into a sporting mecca, with tennis fans arriving from around the world to enjoy this most British of events.
The coveted tournament’s history goes back a long way, and it is such a highly anticipated event that it comes with its own set of rules and customs. From how to get tickets to what you can and can’t take in, our guide to Wimbledon 2019 will keep you in the know and help you to make the most of your time.
How to get tickets to Wimbledon
Getting tickets to Wimbledon is by no means a walk in the park. If you plan things early enough, you may be able to get tickets by ballot. The deadline for the ballot this year was December 31st, 2018. To apply, you need to send a physical application form by post. They will send you another application form which you must return and, if successful, you can then pay for your tickets by debit or credit card.
If you haven’t got a ticket through the ballot, you can get tickets through Ticketmaster from 9am the day before play. There are 500 tickets available for Centre Court and Court No. 3. The AELTC’s official hospitality package suppliers, Keith Prowse and Sportsworld offer hospitality tickets, however these options certainly aren’t for anyone on a budget.
Without a ticket from the ballot or one of the official suppliers, you’ll have to join ‘The Queue’. People often camp outside the grounds on Church Road to get a ticket. There are 500 tickets available for Centre Court, No. 1 Court and No. 2 Court each day, however all tickets for the final four days of on Centre Court are sold in advance. Campers are woken up at 6am, asked to store their luggage and given a Queue Card. Tickets are then allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
Without camping, you can turn up at 9.30am and pay £8-£25 for ground admission. Once in the grounds, you can buy resale tickets at £10 for Centre Court and No. 1 Court and £5 for No. 2 Court.
How to get there
If you’ve managed to navigate the ticket buying process, it’s time to start planning. Luckily, getting to Wimbledon isn’t quite as complicated.
Getting the Underground is the easiest way to get to the Wimbledon grounds. Southfield tube station on the District Line is 15-minute walk away. Wimbledon tube station is connected to Waterloo and Tramlink and is a 20-minute walk away. Both stations are serviced by a shuttle service during the tournament.
London General operates a bus service from St. Pancras, Euston, Baker Street, Marble Arch, and Victoria to Wimbledon every 30 minutes
If you have to drive, the Wimbledon car park opens at 6am daily, and there is a park and ride facility at nearby Morden Park.
If you’re cycling, bicycle racks are available at Car Park 8.
What to wear at Wimbledon
Wimbledon is a stylish affair, and there’s no strict dress code for non-competitors, but spectators are expected to dress smartly, particularly at Centre Court. Expect plenty of white, summery dresses or blazers and ties.
There are some items that are a no-go at Wimbledon. Torn jeans, casual sportswear, dirty trainers and cut-off shorts are not allowed.
Although the weather usually typifies a beautiful summer’s day, British weather means you should be prepared for any eventuality. Make sure you bring enough layers for cooler afternoons. Centre Court has a retractable roof, but if you’re in any of the other courts or Murray Mound/Henman Hill, bring waterproofs and an umbrella if there is a chance of rain.
What can you take in?
There are several food and drink options within the Wimbledon grounds, however they can be expensive. In fact, many spectators opt to take in their own food and drink. But be aware that hard-sided containers and bags such as hampers, cool boxes and opaque liquid containers are not allowed.
For those joining in the festivities, strawberries and cream is of course the quintessential Wimbledon snack, accompanied by either Champagne or Pimm’s. Spectators are welcome take alcohol into the grounds, but this is limited to one 750ml bottle of wine or Champagne, two 500ml cans of beer, or two cans of pre-mixed aperitifs per person.
There are a few “prohibited items” that aren’t allowed within the grounds, including large bags, camping chairs, heavily branded products and selfie sticks.
The history of Wimbledon dates back to 1877 and over the years has developed its own set of traditions and customs. For example, swearing, booing and heckling is considered unacceptable, however it is acceptable to “ooh” and “ahh”.
If you’re in the crowd and happen to be in the line of flight of a tennis ball, you are expected to throw the ball back to a ball boy or boy girl, but never during play! If you want a used tennis ball as a souvenir, you will unfortunately have to buy one at the Wimbledon shop.
What else is there to do in Wimbledon?
During the Championships, it can sometimes feel like there’s nothing else on, but don’t let the hustle and bustle of the tournament convince you that this is the case. Here in Wimbledon, there’s plenty to do and see!
Wimbledon Common is a 1,140-acre woodland and is the perfect place to go walking, cycling and even horse riding in the middle of the city. To the south of the Common lies Cannizaro Park, a stunning grade II listed park which is home to rare and exquisite plants. The gardens are home to Cannizaro House, the historical estate of the Duke of Cannizaro, which has now been beautifully converted into our very own Hotel du Vin.
Also located within the park is the Wimbledon Windmill Museum exploring historical, local and rural life, and just outside the park is the ornate Buddhapadipa Temple, the oldest Thai Buddhist temple in the UK.
Wimbledon Village itself has a number of shops, restaurants and bars, and has a unique small-town charm in the middle of the city. Here, you’ll find the New Wimbledon Theatre showcasing a wide range of music, theatre and comedy. Further south, you’ll find the Polka Children’s Theatre, which stages fun performances for babies and children under 13.
If you’re a Championship ticket holder, or if you’re here before or after the tournament, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is located just outside the main grounds on Church Road. It’s a must-see for any tennis fan!
Wimbledon is a huge event and can sometimes be a little chaotic, but with our guide we’re sure you’ll have all the information you need to make the most of your time. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during your visit, Hotel du Vin is located right next to all the action yet is secluded within the grounds of Cannizaro Estate. Our Championship package is the perfect way to enjoy the tournament. Plus, with stunning rooms, a bright and airy orangery and bistro, and a relaxing bar, why not book your stay today?